4 Puerto Ricans Who Motivate Me

When I was an intern at Latina Magazine I had the opportunity to be in a focus group where representation was the main discussion. I found myself thinking about role models in the Latino community I grew up with and found my mind going blank. I never felt connected or represented in the media.

Everyone talked about Jennifer Lopez, but I couldn’t relate. Of course I grew up listening to Jennifer Lopez and falling in love with the biopic of Selena, but I never felt a close connection.

But last year, I began to find people I can look up to. Whether it was individuals, tv shows or even books, I found myself learning more about my culture, myself and my aspirations.

I thought of these four individuals who’ve motivated me in some point in my life in becoming a powerful, successful Latina:

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6 Self-Care Tips To Follow In 2017

Since the election, I’ve been overwhelmed by the news.

For a journalist, news is apart of life. Although I’m not interested in reporting on hard news (i.e. crime, politics, etc), I’m surrounded by it on a daily basis. However, it can get exhausting.

When I get overwhelmed, anxious, upset or all the above, I like to provide myself with these self-care tips to boost my mood:

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Why I’m A Feminist

feminist

fe-mə-nist\ noun or adjective
  1. the theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes

  2. organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests

When I was younger, I fed into the stereotypes of a feminist. I thought they were strong-willed women who hated men and bras equally. As a young girl, unaware of the real definition of feminism, I didn’t want to be part of a “radical group.”

As I got older, I ignored what the media and misogynist’s depiction of a feminist looked like. I found that a feminist wasn’t just one particular person or action. I found the true definition was represented at the Women’s March on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

According to USA Today, over 2.5 million people participated in marches from around the world. Cities like New York, Boston, Berlin and even continents like Antarctica came out to support.

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My Curly Hair Journey

It’s been over a year since I ditched my hair straightener, said goodbye to relaxers and took better care of my hair.

Ever since I was little, my hair has always been straight. I never embraced nor liked my curls. If you look at every picture of my life, you’ll never see a curly brown girl in any of them.

I hated my curly hair. When I looked back at the reason why, I don’t know where that hatred came from. A year later, I realized it’s been normalize my whole life that straight hair was better.

If you didn’t grow up with your hair done at the Dominican salon, straight and perfect than your mother didn’t take care of you correctly. It was standard to have long straight hair. Anything other than that was seen out of the ordinary.

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How To Get Over The Post Grad Funk

When I returned to blogging, I wrote a post called Post College: My First Job Rejection. Once I hit the publish button, I felt a sense of relief. I was moving on from the rejection and continuing my job search.

However, I was beginning to get discouraged. How many jobs was I going to apply for with no answer? What was I doing wrong?

My endless variations of ‘editorial assistant‘ turned to ‘sales associate.’ I found myself returning to the depths of hell I wanted to avoid.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful that I have A JOB, but it’s not THE JOB that I want. For a moment, I thought this was going to be my life. I was going to be stuck here, dealing with customers that didn’t give a damn about my predicament.

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